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Oh, you beautiful doll

You remember that scene in Poltergeist where somebody opens the haunted bedroom door, and it’s all shrieking and howling and shit swirling around and toys playing with themselves? I looked in on Twitter today, and it was just like that.

I’m not digging politics at the moment.

So let’s talk about something nicer. Like, have you seen this Russian guy who was caught this week with the mummified bodies of 29 young women he’d dug up and dressed like dolls? One was got up as a teddy bear. Also, there were actual dolls. All of which was good going, because most reports say he lived in a tiny apartment with his parents.

Reports describe him as a well-known historian and expert on local cemeteries, but I dunno. This doesn’t sound like any academic I know:

Moskvin claimed that from 2005 to 2007 he had inspected 752 cemeteries across the region, often traveling about 30 kilometers (20 miles) a day by foot. He said he drank from puddles, spent nights in haystacks or at abandoned farms and once even slept in a coffin readied for a funeral. He said he was repeatedly questioned by police, who then always let him go.

Oh, my mother would have loved this story.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 8, 2011, 10:19 pm

Other interesting tidbits: joint Indian/Russian space program to put a lighthouse on the moon. Well, more of a rechargable LED flashlight, really.

A billion years in two minutes (an unspectacular but kind of cool old animation).

Also, that Sybil story? Bullshit, apparently.

Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: November 8, 2011, 10:54 pm

Oh, thats definetly the weirdest thing I’ve seen this week.

Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: November 8, 2011, 10:56 pm

Also, that thing with the kid, Wtf is with this kid sitting there his entire life? Strange.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 8, 2011, 11:14 pm

Hey, he put on a coat in the Winters.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 8, 2011, 11:25 pm

By the way the text across the picture: EXCLUSIVE. Or, the weirdly butchered Russian version of it. More like “eksklyouseevh”

Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: November 8, 2011, 11:41 pm

Thats true, but he still sat there most of his life. Wierd little kid.

Comment from JeffS
Time: November 9, 2011, 12:27 am

Sounds like the Russian dude was training to be a Democrat poll watcher.

Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: November 9, 2011, 12:36 am

At least he didn’t make stacking dolls out of them.

Comment from Oceania
Time: November 9, 2011, 1:31 am

No comment comment.

Comment from Nina
Time: November 9, 2011, 1:50 am

Yeah, it’s a weird week, and with me being super duper hypothyroid again, I just don’t have the ooopmh to deal with it. Saving all my energy for getting to the dead pool on time. 🙂

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: November 9, 2011, 2:12 am

Sounds like he was collecting voters for ACORN for the upcoming election.

Comment from ._>_>>>_>_>
Time: November 9, 2011, 3:48 am

Hey Perves!

Do you know where your President Barry learned to drive – and who issued him his *first* drivers license – and was he ever involved in an accident?

I’m just saying – do you know where those head scares came from?

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: November 9, 2011, 4:06 am

Gee, I thought that might be Our Pet Troll, but. . .notlikely at studmail dot com? Not, um, likely somehow. So, howcome Akismet let that one through?

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: November 9, 2011, 4:07 am

Stoaty, Ma’am? I apologize for going off topic here, but this story is just screaming for your skills and handiwork with Photoshop…

Obama Couldn’t Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax

(hat tip to Drudge Report)

The Grinch that Taxed Christmas.

Comment from MIke C.
Time: November 9, 2011, 6:12 am

Argentium beat me to it, I see. Stoaty, yer gonna get a LOT of competition on drawings for this one in just a few hours. Every newspaper and magazine editorial cartoonist this side of Mother Jones is going to jump on this one.

Comment from The Jannie
Time: November 9, 2011, 7:57 am

Every nice quiet Russian boy needs a hobby.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 9, 2011, 9:43 am

Holy cow! A Christmas tree tax? I mean, it’s a token $.15, but the optics are just…awful.

I’m’onna miss this one, though. Wednesday is the only day of the week stuff actually, like, happens. Thanks for the heads up.

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: November 9, 2011, 12:31 pm

No worries Stoaty, and you’re welcome.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: November 9, 2011, 1:09 pm

Speaking of the upcoming Dead Pool (as Nina made mention of up above a bit…), it appears that Joltin’ Joe Frazier has left the building permanently – thus removing his name from possible consideration this Friday.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 9, 2011, 1:50 pm

J.S. – we try to speak of these things as delicately as possible.

We never say that Joe has died, we just say, “He’s moved to Russia”.

Comment from BigBluBug
Time: November 9, 2011, 3:06 pm

Man, that’s just a tornado full of crazy.

And I set the bar pretty damn high.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 9, 2011, 3:32 pm

Heya, Bug. Haven’t seen you around in a while. How’s Rhody?

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: November 9, 2011, 5:10 pm

He said he was repeatedly questioned by police, who then always let him go.

Sounds like me. I’ve been pulled over for speeding, driving without my lights on at night, rolling through stop signs, etc., for a total of at least 10 times, and gotten an actual ticket only once. (I deserved the ticket – I was going 80 in a 65. The other times, I got one written warning, one citation because I didn’t have my proof of insurance, and verbal warnings.)

The rest of it, though, um, doesn’t sound like me. At all.

Comment from BigBluBug
Time: November 9, 2011, 7:46 pm

Hi Stoaty,

I’ve been staying off the net because reading all the politics stuff… well, i’d rather fistfight a wolf than read another ace post on cain/perry/romney/etc.

I’ve encouraged all of my despondent conservative friends to get themselves a zombie Reagan bumper sticker.

Me, I adopted 2 Cardigan Corgis so I never need to speak with actual, in the flesh people ever again (works out best for everybody).

I’ve taken up sketching ballerinas. I suck at it and all teh sketches look like zombie ballerinas. If I never get out of the suck-at-sketching zone, at least i’ve found a niche. Maybe I better check out google. Brb.

Wait. What? Aw crap. It’s been done.

Anyhoo, RI is in the midst of an indian summer, occupy providence looks like hobopalooza, and I’m trying arrange for my dogs to crap on Gov. Chafffeeeee’s lawn.

Hope you and your posters are well.

Your most rambling fan,


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 9, 2011, 10:57 pm

I hear you. The political atmosphere is pretty unbearable at the mo.

There’s an Occupy Providence? Dang! I would’ve liked to see that.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: November 9, 2011, 11:42 pm

Occupy Providence is kinda sad as it seems to revolve around social justice and urine.

The new mayor(D) of providence (dude named Angel Tavares, no shit) is all for freedom of speech and stuff.

All it’s going to take is either a RI cold snap or one of the hipster-hippies getting shanked by a hobo to end it all,

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: November 11, 2011, 4:42 pm

“…We never say that Joe has died, we just say, “He’s moved to Russia”.”

Ah, well, I’ll not quibble the point of the euphemism I employed – simply say that, if he’s “moved to Russia”, he’s apparently done so at ambient temperature or perhaps less…

Which is ’bout as “delicate” as you should expect, as I’m Officially A Geezer, and not much given to paeans of delicacy now, if I ever was.

Meanwhile, back (more-or-less) on-topic: “…He said he was repeatedly questioned by police, who then always let him go.” Sounds as though he was, at that point, still a fairly high-functioning nutcake; i.e., just not quite sufficiently geeked off to one side to make it worthwhile to them doing the paperwork to keep him locked up for more-advanced observation at that point.

Still, I suppose it could have been substantially worse – he COULD have turned out to have been engaged in manufacturing his own private “mummy/doll” collection, thereby leading to a bit of population-thinning of the rather more ghoulish variety.

Also, if he was doing all that traveling about to various cemeteries on foot, you’ve got to wonder: How’d he go about transporting the individual parts of his “collection” home? It not as if he could just whistle up a cab, or board a bus, with his latest acquisition tucked under his arm or tipped over his shoulder…

One also has to wonder, naturally, what he told his parents to cover the fact of over two dozen extra “inhabitants” in that apartment of theirs.

There are, indeed, some very strange people in this world…

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